Arsenal sweating on Cech involvement in north London derby

Jonathan Hernandez
February 10, 2018

Alli has been particularly criticized after receiving his third caution for simulation.

"They've swapped players like Mkhitaryan because Alexis [Sanchez] has gone and Aubameyang because Olivier Giroud moved to Chelsea".

"Sometimes you want your players to be intelligent, they have played a little bit with the rules, they make more of it on the penalty case".

"If you look at the numbers then, no", Wenger said when asked if there was a better striker in the world.

"Every striker will do that". 'Are you Tottenham in disguise?' echoed louder than ever at the Emirates, the secret relief of having survived a concerted challenge from their nemeses only emboldening Arsenal fans further. However, I think the two north London giants will play out an entertaining draw.

Arsenal have been handed a boost as Petr Cech took part in full training today after making a swift recovery from a calf problem that forced him off against Everton.

During that time the Frenchman has won three league titles, seven FA Cups, seven Community Shields and guided the Gunners to the 2005/06 Champions League final.

Their rocky patch at the end of a year ago appears to be fully behind the club and Mauricio Pochettino's side come into this game unbeaten in 11 games, most recently seeing off Manchester United 2-0 before drawing 2-2 with Liverpool and overcoming Newport County 2-0 in an FA Cup fourth-round replay. Now we start to feel that it's home, when before it was just a new house.

Arsenal head to Wembley off the back of an impressive 5-1 victory over Everton last weekend and Arsene Wenger knows his side need a positive result to stay in the hunt for Champions League qualification.

Since moving to Spurs from French giants Paris Saint-Germain in a £25 million deal in last month's transfer deadline day, the Brazil global is yet to make an appearance for his new club and was ineligible for Wednesday night's FA Cup replay win over Newport County.

Arsenal and Tottenham rekindle an intense rivalry on Saturday at Wembley Stadium.

The hosts were in cruise control after 26 minutes, however, when Moussa Sissoko's drilled cross deflected cruelly off Butler's heel and wrong-footed 'keeper Joe Day on its way into the Newport net.

But this game isn't just about Arsenal.

However, while insisting that they symbolise a bond within the group of something greater than friendship and that they are "special" to him, Son revealed that he was not the master behind the creation, but it was that of fellow attacker Dele Alli.

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